Delaware beach-area bars lose seating options as virus spikes among 18- to 34-year-olds

DOVER — Delaware will remain in Phase 2 of COVID-19 reopening plans indefinitely and bar seating will be banned in the state’s beach restaurants starting Friday after an alarming uptick in coronavirus cases there. Gov. John Carney made the announcement at his weekly press conference, saying Delaware does not want to follow the path of […]

No COVID-related deaths for fourth straight day in Delaware; three Rehoboth lifeguards test positive

SMYRNA — For a fourth straight day on Monday, no additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported by the Delaware Division of Public Health. The state’s reported death toll remained at 507 as of 6 p.m. Sunday, DPH announced in its daily update. There was an increase of 150 positive cases, however, and 15 patients were reported […]

Best Bets: The Benderz bring music back to the beach

As life slowly returns to some semblance of normalcy around here, live music is making a comeback in area nightspots, most notably in the beach-area venues where most of the action is this time of year. Delaware Gov. John Carney allowed a 30% percent occupancy in restaurants and establishments earlier this month and will bump […]

Lighthouse Restaurant fire investigated as arson

DEWEY BEACH – A fire causing approximately $750,000 damage to the Lighthouse Restaurant last month is being investigated as an arson, authorities said this afternoon. Firefighters were called to the scene at 124 Dickinson Street just before 10 p.m. on April 24. The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company arrived to find the two-story structure heavily […]

Ocean City reopening puts pressure on Delaware beach towns

Ocean City, Maryland plans to reopen its beach and boardwalk Saturday with some COVID-19 social distancing limitations still in place. Late May appears to be Delaware Gov. John Carney’s target for broader reopening of Delaware’s beaches during the coronavirus crisis. Gov. Carney addressed Delaware’s beach issue Tuesday during a press conference, noting a letter he […]

Updated: Lighthouse Restaurant burns on Thursday night

DEWEY BEACH – Firefighters responded to a blaze at the Lighthouse Restaurant for more than three hours on Thursday night, the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company said. According to a live call log, Rehoboth Beach VFC responded at around 9:52 p.m. and was joined by Bethany Beach and Lewes companies. Crews arrived to the scene […]

A time to grieve: Cheswold, Dewey mourn loss of mayors

DOVER — The towns of Cheswold and Dewey Beach couldn’t be any more different, with one being in a mostly rural portion of northern Kent County with a railroad track going through the middle of it and the other being in tourism-heavy Sussex County, right at the break of the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. […]

Mayor of Dewey Beach dies after battle with cancer

John “TJ” Redefer, mayor of Dewey Beach, has died, town officials said Wednesday. After a short battle with cancer, Mr. Redefer passed away on Tuesday, with his wife Bobbie by his side, according to information released by the town.   Mr. Redefer served as mayor since September 2017, where he provided positive and effective leadership in […]

Delaware restaurants struggle with virus effects

DOVER — Social distancing isn’t something restaurant owners want to put on their menus. But it’s a challenge the industry is embracing to fight the spread of coronavirus and counter a decrease in customers. Kristin Garramone, who co-owns Roma Italian Ristorante in Dover along with her husband Joe, said their business has done everything it […]

Dewey Beach officer placed on leave after alleged August assault

DEWEY BEACH — A 39-year-old police officer was placed on administrative leave after an alleged assault in August eventually led to an indictment, Dewey Beach authorities said Thursday. Officer Gregory W. Lynch Jr.’s leave followed an alleged incident on Aug. 10 during a response regarding an injured 26-year-old man. The man was diagnosed with a […]